Babies could be rocking all over the world

Many parents find themselves driven to putting their baby in the car at night and taking a trip to rock the child to sleep.

But now an idea that really rocks has been developed by Ford, so far as a one-off but who knows?

Ford has developed a cot that could simulate – in the comfort of the baby’s own home – the motion, engine noise, and even the street lighting of those night‑time drives. To all appearances a regular cot, the Max Motor Dreams, comes to life using a smartphone app. This enables it to record and then reproduce the comforting movement, lights, and sounds of a particular journey.

“After many years of talking to mums and dads, we know that parents of newborns are often desperate for just one good night’s sleep. But while a quick drive in the family car can work wonders in getting baby off to sleep, the poor old parents still have to be awake and alert at the wheel,” said Max Motor Dreams designer Alejandro López Bravo, of Spanish creative studio Espada y Santa Cruz, which produced the award-winning design. “The Max Motor Dreams could make the everyday lives of a lot of people a little bit better.”

Research shows parents can typically expect little more than five hours sleep a night while losing the equivalent of 44 days sleep in just the first year of their child’s life. For now, the Max Motor Dreams is a one-off pilot. But following numerous enquiries, the company is considering putting the unique cot into full‑scale production.

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